Opus Daily Practice – day 10

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Opus Daily Practice day 10. The theme was “folk”.  “Folk” isn’t far from a lot of the work I create. Today’s work is an “in progress” 2″x3.5″ ink drawing, and an ear flap style toque knit of naturally dyed wool. Lots of items “in progress” due to the Opus Daily Practice project, soon I will need to take a day or two to actually get some pieces finished.

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“Bridges Road” – Canadian Ink Painting

blog bridges road 5x7_0222“Bridges Road”
2015
5″ x 7″
Ink on paper.

I am continuing to work on small pieces mixing colored ink with black ink. I think this style of work leads to interesting interpretations of the scene. Automatically the scene becomes more abstract as the colors are no longer representational.

The above image is inspired by the beach at Bridges Road, Pender Island (British Columbia, Canada).

Artwork by Debra Hunter
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“Bridges Road in Black and Blue” – Ink Painting of Canada’s West Coast

"Bridges Road in Black and Blue" (2015) ink on paper 5" x 7"

“Bridges Road in Black and Blue”
(2015)
ink on paper
5″ x 7″

Today’s piece shows a continuation in working on images inspired by the west coast of Canada. This ink on paper piece depicts the trees that cling to the rocky outcrop at the beach on Bridges Road (Pender Island, British Columbia, Canada).

The inspiration was a colorless winter day, one of those days when you reach the beach and wonder “Do I even want to go down to the water’s edge?” But you do, and you see a scene so different from those of bright blue skies, sunshine and sandcastles.

I’ve been revisiting working with ink recently. It seems to be a nice medium to work with until I gather the courage (and a few dead quiet hours) to finish the latest panel I am painting. I didn’t really think about my choice of ink colors until my husband asked me “What made you choose blue?” Thinking about it, it was probably because blue is cold and the day was cold.

Perhaps I will try a few more blue and black ink images in the next few days. A recent snowfall has left me with a stash of images on my camera that are just made for that cold blue look.

Artwork by Debra Hunter
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Autumn Leaves In Two Styles – Canadian Ink and Watercolor Paintings

"Autumn Leaves in Black and White" (2015) 5"x7" pen, brush and ink on paper

“Autumn Leaves in Black and White”
(2015)
5″x7″
pen, brush and ink on paper

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This week I have played a little bit with using one piece of imagery and completing two pieces based on the theme in the same sitting. The concept is to use a different approach with each piece and to see what happens. I will admit that I am working on automatic and just going with how the image comes off the pen or brush, rather than being a slave to realistic details.

"Autumn Leaves" (2015) 5"x7" watercolor and ink on paper

“Autumn Leaves”
(2015)
5″x7″
watercolor and ink on paper

The subject matter this evening was an image of Alberta autumn leaves. I tackled one painting in black and white and the other in color. You can see how the pieces are related, yet they have very different feels. The color image is more aggressive and busier, while the monochrome painting takes a simple and more peaceful route.

Playing with different styles in the same sitting  is an interesting approach, and I will be continuing working this way in the coming week.

Art by Debra Hunter
Red Deer, Alberta & Pender Island, BC, Canada

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